It’s all getting very festive on the Gold Coast as we get closer to the big day on the 25th December. There are so many wonderfully celebratory Christmas events happening in the run up to Christmas, you won’t want to miss out. Eat your weight in festive treats, sing along to some Christmas carols or maybe watch some Christmas fireworks!
And if you are looking for where to eat Christmas lunch, this Christmas Day dining article will help you out! It won’t be hard to have a very merry Christmas on the Gold Coast so here are our top things to do on the Gold Coast for a great Christmas this December.
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- A Christmas Carol
- Movie World White Christmas
- The Sharks Christmas Family Night
- 7 Days of Christmas at Sanctuary Cove
- Christmas Carols
- Christmas Markets
- Surfers Paradise Christmas Twilight Market
- The Village Markets
- Palm Beach Farmers’ Market
- Photos with Santa
- Christmas Lights Bus Tours
- Christmas Eve box ideas
- Christmas charity options on the Gold Coast
- Christmas on the Gold Coast
A Christmas Carol
TBC for 2022: One actor, twenty characters, one festive evening! A world premiere of a one-man show retelling Charles Dickens’ classic tale of redemption and compassion. The story of Ebenezer Scrooge who on a cold Christmas Eve night is taken on a haunting journey by three ghosts and shown the error of his ways, offers a timeless message about greed and the joy of sharing. Will Bligh stars in this unique adaptation recreating Scrooges’s world using lighting, sound and a wooden chair. Experience a dynamic and visceral performance with all of your favourite characters, such as Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marley, Tiny Tim and the three ghosts, as they are brought to life on stage.
Where: Home of the Arts, Bundall
When: Friday 18th and Saturday 19th December
Book tickets to A Christmas Carol here.
Movie World White Christmas
TBC for 2022: Movie World White Christmas is back to ramp up the Christmas cheer with a whopping great offering of sparkling Christmas displays, live entertainment, kids activities and lots more – an unmissable experience for kids and adults alike looking to liven up the excitement for this year’s Christmas countdown. From the spectacular annual White Christmas Parade to festive carollin and live family shows, there is something to get everyone in the festive spirit at Movie World White Christmas!
Where: Movie World
When: 3 – 22 December
There are more details on Movie World White Christmas here.
The Sharks Christmas Family Night
TBC for 2022: It’s a fantastic night out for kids… whether they’ve been naughty or nice.
Join the Sharks for a Christmas themed buffet and Kids Show with a special appearance from Santa!
- Christmas themed buffet dinner
- Kids Christmas Show by LOL Crew
- FREE Face Painting
- FREE Christmas Goodies for the Kids
- Christmas Carols
- Special appearance by Santa Claus and his friend, Mr Sharky
Where: Southport Sharks
When: 12 & 19 December
Find more information about The Sharks Christmas Family Night here.
7 Days of Christmas at Sanctuary Cove
TBC for 2022: Sanctuary Cove will transform into a must stop spot for Christmas lovers this year, with seven days of spectacular festivities running amongst the unrivalled waterfront location.
Kicking off with Christmas Carols on December 2 followed by a plethora of free entertainment from December 6 – 11, Sanctuary Cove will come alive with something for the whole family to enjoy. Crowd favourites such as the iconic Buggy Parade, Santa’s Sleigh and the Cove Christmas Tree will return along with a new line up of entertainment and fun across the shopping and dining precinct.
Where: Sanctuary Cove
When: 2 December & 6 – 11 December
For more information head to the Sanctuary Cove website.
Gold Coast families love a good Christmas carols event. Our suburbs are filled with these local Gold Coast Christmas carol events that showcase the best of the local carolers. These events support the local community groups and are well worth a visit. There are carols everywhere from Surfers Paradise to your local suburb. Our favourite Christmas carol events across the Gold Coast include:
North Burleigh Carols By The Sea
TBC for 2022: Join in for a wonderful afternoon and evening of free Christmas entertainment and fun at Ed Hardy Park this December. Presented by Division 12 Councillor Pauline Young, ‘North Burleigh Carols by the Sea’ will provide a festive mixture of children’s activities, food trucks and markets from 4pm to 8pm; followed by Christmas staged entertainment including Carols, Community Groups and Live Music from 6pm to 8pm.
Where: Ed Hardy Park, North Burleigh
When: Thursday 9 December
Find out more about North Burleigh Carols By the Sea here.
Nerang Celebrates Christmas
TBC for 2022: Take the kids, a picnic blanket, chairs and join the local community for a night of COVID-safe family fun, food and festivities. There will be $2 rides, a sausage sizzle, fairy floss, drinks and a variety of food stalls. Christmas entertainment will start at 3pm, with traditional carols and a visit from Santa from 6pm. The event will finish at 8.30pm.
Where: Bischof Pioneer Park, Nerang
When: Saturday 11 December
The details for Nerang Celebrates Christmas here.
Coolangatta Christmas Carols
TBC for 2022: Sing along to carols, enjoy spectacular festive performances, and settle in for a magical night under the Southern Gold Coast stars. Santa will be making an appearance by plane! The Coolangatta Christmas Markets and food trucks will be open from 4pm to 8pm (Qld time), with the stage show starting at 5.30pm. The event also includes a festive fireworks display.
Where: Queen Elizabeth Park, Coolangatta
When: Sunday 12 December
Find more details on Coolangatta Christmas Carols here.
Mayor’s Christmas Carols
TBC for 2022: The tenth annual Mayor’s Christmas Carols, presented by Mercedes-Benz Gold Coast, is back. The FREE, family-friendly event features the Gold Coast Music Awards Artist of the Year, Casey Barnes joined by an impressive line-up of headline acts from Mayor’s Christmas Carols events gone by including, David Campbell, Kate Ceberano, Anthony Callea, Emma Pask, Christine Anu, Katie Noonan, Luke Kennedy and Paulini. This free event is from 4.00pm to 6.00pm.
Where: to be confirmed
When: 4 December
Find the details and link for Mayor’s Virtual Christmas Carols here.
You can find even more Christmas carols on the Gold Coast here.
Tis the season to go shopping and what better place to shop than local Christmas Markets. You will be supporting local businesses and you can find gifts for even the fussiest of relatives and friends. The suburbs are full of these local Gold Coast Christmas markets and you can also find a great variety in the city. Some of our favourite Christmas markets are:
Surfers Paradise Christmas Twilight Market
TBC for 2022: It’s time to get into the festive spirit and treat yourself, by heading down to the beachside to enjoy a range of local handmade gifts, terrific tunes, sweets and treats, entertainment for Santa’s little helpers, and to have a unique, unforgettable outdoor shopping experience in paradise.
You’ll find sand and market stalls…not snow along The Esplanade in Surfers Paradise from 4pm ‘til 9pm. It’s time to fill those Christmas stockings, or those empty spaces under the tree, because with over 100 stalls you’ll find it pretty hard not to treat yourself.
Where: The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise
Date: Saturday 11 December
Time: 4 – 9pm
Find more details about Surfers Paradise Christmas Twilight Market here.
The Village Markets
TBC for 2022: The Gold Coasts favourite boutique market and community for creative small businesses would love you to come and spend your Sunday morning with them! You’ll find boutique market stalls in fashion, vintage, art and lifestyle, street food stalls and pre-loved Rack Sales. Pick up your re-useable Good Vibes market bag and Market Picnic Pack from the TVM info tent.
Where: Burleigh Heads High School, Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
Date: 5 & 19 December
Time: 8.30am – 1.00pm
There are more detail of The Village Markets here.
Palm Beach Farmers’ Market
TBC for 2022: Head along this year on Friday 24th December and stock up ahead of the holiday festivities with this special seasonal edition of Palm Beach Farmers’ Market. All your favourite stallholders will be there, as well as special guest, Santa Claus! You’ll find Santa strolling through the market from 6am-11.30am. Pick up the last-minute bits on your list and you will be inspired into the Christmas spirit just in time for your Santa duties!
Where: Palm Beach Currumbin High School, Thrower Drive, Palm Beach
Date: Friday 24th December
Time: 6.00am – 11.30am
You can find the details of Palm Beach Farmers’ Market here.
Photos with Santa
For some families, part of the Christmas time tradition is to get a family photo with Santa. This year the photos will be socially distanced, but there is still a variety of places to go to get the photos done. This includes shopping centres, local Christmas carol events, Gold Coast Christmas markets and you can even get a photo with Santa with your beloved fur baby at some pet shops!
Meeting Santa for most kids is exciting but if your child has a sensory process disorder like autism, it can be a challenging experience. Some shopping centres are now offering ‘Sensory Santa’. They create a calm and sensory-friendly photo session with dim lights and no music or loud noises.
Christmas Lights Bus Tours
TBC for 2022: Cross Country Tours isn’t running a traditional bus tour tour this year, instead a canal cruise. Enjoy an early dinner at a local Tavern before boarding for your cruise from Runaway Bay. Take in the beautiful sunset on the Broadwater before heading back to explore the Runway Bay Canals and view the displays of Christmas lights. Fare includes dinner and Christmas lights cruise. The tour runs on 14 December on prices start from $101.
TBC for 2022: Murrays Bus Tours will not be providing bookable Christmas Light Bus Tours on the Gold Coast. However, they are available for private charters. So you might consider getting friends and family together to book a private charter and use our Christmas Lights Gold Coast map to navigate your way to the best lights on the coast!
Christmas Eve box ideas
There is a growing tradition of giving kids a Christmas Eve Box on the 24th of December to get them right into the spirit of Xmas. Some families I know use this additional gift as a way to get the kids to go to bed without a fuss on Christmas Eve. Whatever your reason for creating a Christmas Eve box, we’ve put together a few ideas for your kids (and one for the mummas too!) You can find all the details including pricing and where to buy their contents here.
Get ideas for your Christmas Eve boxes in our detailed guide here.
Christmas charity options on the Gold Coast
Another idea for the festive time of year is to spend some time volunteering for a charity. It’s a great way to give back and so much life experience for the children to be involved in. For a Christmas family activity with a difference think about donating to some of these great Christmas charity initiatives.
Christmas on the Gold Coast
So there is our list, we would love to hear if you think we left something off as we are always looking for new adventures. Pack the snacks, put on some comfy shoes and get out and enjoy all that the Gold Coast has to offer at Christmas time.
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